[jur-kin] /ˈdʒɜr kɪn/

a close-fitting jacket or short coat, usually sleeveless, as one of leather worn in the 16th and 17th centuries.
a sleeveless and collarless short jacket worn by men or women
a man’s sleeveless and collarless fitted jacket, often made of leather, worn in the 16th and 17th centuries

1510s, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Dutch jurk “a frock,” but this is a modern word, itself of unknown origin, and the initial consonant presents difficulties (Dutch -j- typically becomes English -y-).


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